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Safe for Pets De-icer

Most de-icers are very toxic to the environment and can damage pet paws. Read the labels for detailed descriptions and the MSDS (material safety data sheet). Most are made from salt and urea. Some groomers and vets have seen pads almost raw from their walks on these chemicals. When mixed with water they can reach 170 degrees!. Put some in in your palm and moisten it.

Personally, none of my clients have had issues, but most are washing their feet, maybe in Grapefruit Seed Extract or using booties. For outdoor cats, notice if they are wet and taste what they are wet with. Sponge them off if needed.

A group of professionals agreed on several good products.  Safe Paw is good and is readily available.  It has the PTPA (parent tested, parent approved) green product seal and was n the whole green catalog.   Happy Paws Ice Melt and a few others are at Green Ice melt. Pestell Paw Safe which may be less available.

Safe Paw’s product info says it combines amide and glycols. The MSDS seemed excellent to me.

Happy Paws Ice melt did not list the ingredients, just said what was not in its product. I will research more.

Pestel has Paw Thaw – their site says it is less harmful to grass, trees or other vegetation. Water soluble and odourless. It is made with fertilizer, so I am not sure of the environmental sustainablity factor here.

Head to Costco for safe paws (sorry independent retailers but you just cannot get close to their price) for your yard and try to get your neighborhood to do this, too. The others are available on line.

By |2015-01-14T11:56:59+00:00January 14th, 2015|environmental toxins|2 Comments

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.


  1. Jana Rade January 15, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    We don’t use de-icers at all. We just use sand.

  2. tina-admin January 16, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Sand is wonderful. When I was teaching in Eugene for a year I loved it that the city used sand.

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